Thursday, November 12, 2015

Today's ride on the Capital Region foodie-go-round


DEVELOPING 

• If you've never heard of CilantroMex, that's not surprising. The mini-chain's seven locations all are in Rhode Island. But, as part of an expansion plan, it is moving into New York and Massachusetts. Its first in the Capital Region is being developed for Crossgates Mall in Guilderland for an early-2016 opening. It also is working on a Syracuse location in the sprawling Destiny USA mall. Click here for a look at the menu.

The Breakfast Spot of Lake George still is working on The Breakfast Spot of Cohoes. The owners originally mentioned a potential December opening on their Facebook page, but now have pushed that a bit to early 2016. The 1960s-styled venue, located at 133 Remsen Street, will be offering "breakfast and cocktails." The location formerly was home to Nana's Kitchen and Al-Baraki Mediterranean Restaurant. Incidentally, The Breakfast Spot in Lake George is not related to The Breakfast Club in Lake Placid.

INTRODUCING

Menu changes at chains operating in the Capital Region.

Au Bon Pain (through December 28) -- Kouign-Amann,  pictured (layered pastry topped with caramelized sugar and filled with cinnamon sugar or raspberry preserves, $2.79, or two for $5), Oven-Hot Stuffed Turkey with Cranberry Sandwich (turkey with stuffing, roasted onion spread and cranberry chutney on nine-grain cranberry ciabatta, $7.49), Warm Chicken & Avocado Sandwich (chicken breast, avocado, applewood-smoked bacon, marinated tomatoes, basil I'm uaïoli and field greens on a baguette, $7.79), Five Onion Soup (a blend of grilled and roasted onions, leeks and shallots in beef and sherry broth, $3.49 for a small, $3.99 for a medium and $5.19 for a large), Quiche Lorraine (ham, bacon and cheese quiche served hot, $4.99), Spinach, Tomato & Cheese Quiche, $4.99).

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (through January 3) -- The Mad Love Burger, pictured (half-pound Black Angus beef patty with melted provolone and Swiss cheese, a Cheddar and Parmesan crisp, jalapeño relish, candied bacon, avocado slices, a blend of citrus-marinated tomatoes, onions and shredded romaine on a toasted ciabatta bun, starting at $14.49), Gingerbread Milkshake (vanilla soft serve, gingerbread syrup and graham cracker crumbs, starting at $3.99), The Root Brewski Float (an alcoholic beverage of Not Your Father’s Root Beer poured over vanilla soft serve, staring at $7.49).

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